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Old June 26th, 2013, 12:58 AM
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Is GCR still the place to go for stainless studs? I haven't bought a set of studs in almost ten years.
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Old June 26th, 2013, 01:11 AM
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AB would be my fist stop for SS studs.
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Old June 26th, 2013, 01:48 PM
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Is GCR still the place to go for stainless studs? I haven't bought a set of studs in almost ten years.
Chris, I ordered up a set this am from AB. 89 bucks for 4 studs with bolts...
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Just a follow up;


Installed new studs in doors, AB reccomends Loctite on the stainless but I did not do this. They say included in the instructions that stainless has a tendency to vibrate loose but I'm going to beta test this myself.

The studs went in the door tips no prob, however there was so much corrosion on the inside of the door sleeves itself the new studs wouldn't fit. They just needed to be cleaned out. I bet a wire brush (similar to a bottle brush) would have worked but I didn't have anything I could get down in there so I just reemed it out with a drill bit a few sizes smaller to smooth out the inside and the studs slid right through.

The new door seals were ordered from RN as AB doesn't carry them. Couple pictures below.

One issue I notice now is the famous gap between the door weather seal and the door tops is MUCH greater than it used to be. Clearly my door weather seal could use replacing, but curious if anyone ever experimented with a shim of some sort to angle the door top in EVER so slightly??

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Yes that has been done. Maybe JimC has a thread that touches on that. I forget how he did it but he angled it in just a bit.
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JimC and I used pond liner to shim in.
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JimC and I used pond liner to shim in.
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The studs won't loosen up over time. At least thats been my experience. I use the foam weather stripping on the tops where they meet the gasket to fill in any gaps. Works pretty well and is cheap.
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Searched "shim" and came up with this oldie but a goodie:
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Stick your knee on the door and bend the top over slightly to tighten the gap. No need for shims. The angle of the studs is what sets it.
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Stick your knee on the door and bend the top over slightly to tighten the gap. No need for shims. The angle of the studs is what sets it.
This worked really well. Thanks. I think coupled with replacing the door weatherstrip, it will solve the problem.
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